Sports club in massive recruitment drive for debut season

FOOTBALL: Magpies Crusaders United wants coaches, assistant coaches and managers for the opening on the 2018 National Premier League season.

The club is also seeking a head coach for the premier league squad and has already receive interest from national and international coaches.

The club’s operations manager, Dan Healy, said he had received 13 applications for the position of head coach.

“We have engaged a third party who is searching nationally and internationally for a coach. We are setting the bar high,” Mr Healy said.

“I guess, from a commercial position as well, we will need someone with a decent reputation who can draw players into the club as well.

“We want to hit the ground running. We have a lot of eyes on us at the moment within the clubs here and the wider football community.”

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Along with the recruitment of the head coach, Magpies Crusaders United is looking for coaches, assistant coaches and team managers for its junior ranks.

Mr Healy said at present they were voluntary positions.

The club is looking for coaches and assistant coaches in the under 13, under 14, under 15, under 16, under 18 and under 20 divisions.

“We’re trying to set this up as professionally as we can be, so could be looking at paid positions in the future,” he said.

The club has to submit a player list of seniors and juniors to Football Queensland in October so the 2018 season draws can be made.

“We are going to be very busy,” Mr Healy said.

There has been a great response from the community following the announcement of Magpies Crusaders United’s inclusion in the National Premier League.

The competition is one step below the national A-League competition and the club was formed to take part at this level.

Mr Healy said the new team would sign some players who would bring some added excitement to football in Mackay

“There are a few Brisbane clubs looking at recruiting A-League players who are coming to the end of their careers,” he said.

“It is a lot of pressure (in recruitment) the phoenix is out of the water and we need to rise quickly. We are in the rugby league heartland and the basketball teams at the top of the ladder are very competitive. I see us in the same space. We do need to have the success to draw that consistent crowd.

Two games this season between Brisbane Roar youth squad and Redlands had between 700-1000 spectators.

Locally, the new Magpies Crusaders United club will be scouting Mackay region competitions for players.

“All players, if they are good, will have an opportunity to play for the club. You could come from Bowen, Moranbah, Dysart – it doesn’t matter,” he said.

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